Safety Corner

At Edgerton Hospital, we believe in helping our community to stay safe! We're happy to provide tips and information on how to prevent an injury that may land you in our emergency room.

Winter 2019

Winter Driving Tips

As the air turns cold, we all know what follows – snow! Frigid winter weather – with roads covered with slippery snow and ice – can challenge even the most experienced driver. It reduces the amount of traction your tires have, changes the time you have to respond to hazards, and makes your vehicle harder to control. Even if you may feel like a pro when it comes to winter driving, it’s important to remember a few simple guidelines to ensure a safe trip:

  • Make sure headlights and windshield wipers are in working order
  • Keep extra distance between your car and others
  • Signal far in advance when turning direction
  • Reduce speed
  • Do not break rapidly or slam on the breaks
  • Have an emergency kit in your vehicle

Assembling an Emergency Kit

By gathering a few items and keeping them in the trunk, you’ll be better prepared should your vehicle break down or have an accident:

  • Flashlight
  • Non-perishable food
  • Blanket
  • Ice Scrapper/Snow brush
  • Bag of salt or sand
  • Small shovel
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Flares
  • First Aid medical kit